Puʻuwai, Hawaii

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Puʻuwai, Hawaii
Pu'uwai is located in Hawaii
Location in Hawaii and the United States
Pu'uwai is located in Pacific Ocean
Pu'uwai (Pacific Ocean)
Coordinates: 21°54′7″N 160°12′15″W / 21.90194°N 160.20417°W / 21.90194; -160.20417Coordinates: 21°54′7″N 160°12′15″W / 21.90194°N 160.20417°W / 21.90194; -160.20417
CountryUnited States
Time zoneUTC-10 (Hawaii-Aleutian (HST))

Puʻuwai (literally, "heart" in Hawaiian[1]) is an unincorporated community in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States,[2] and the only settlement on the island of Niʻihau. It is at the western coast of the small island, and Native Hawaiians who live in this village speak the Hawaiian language. The community lives as they did hundreds of years ago, and the modern amenities of life are extremely limited. Access to the town, as well as the whole island, is limited to Niʻihau residents; only official visitors and invited guests are permitted. Puʻuwai has a one-room schoolhouse.

Niʻihau is located about 29 km (18 mi) west of Kauaʻi.

Puʻuwai is the westernmost community in the principal Hawaiian Islands.


  1. ^ Pukui, Mary Kawena. Place Names of Hawaii. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-0524-0.
  2. ^ "Pu'uwai, Hawaii". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.